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March 21, 2005, 04:12 PM

Does anyone have (or knows where to find) an example showing how to use beam trees?

I plan to use them for stencil shadows, but i can't find any demostrations or "easy-to-understand" papers.

A tutorial would be best, but since i highly doubt there are any, a demonstration would be nice.

Thanks a lot everyone!



March 22, 2005, 07:05 PM

Ok, since i get ever so many replies here (0), could someone tell me of any articles/papers they found useful when implementing a Beam Tree? (The flipcode one doesnt count, because i dont understand it at all).

Please, I really need this, since judging from what i heard, they would be PERFECT for doing faster shadowing... right now, I get about 15 fps with dot3 bump mapping, per pixel lighting, gloss mapping, and luminance maps on my GeForce 3ti 200. After I take away the stencil shadows, I get an FPS boost up to about 30 fps.

30 is good, considering how many programs i have running alongside the engine.
Im sure if i turn them off, the fps would rise to about 35... mabe even 40... *keeps on dreaming*

Anyway, please, any help with beam trees would be appreciated.



March 25, 2005, 02:08 AM

It seems that beam trees is not a very common subject over the net...

Here are some papers I found, the second one talk abound raytracing.

I don't know anything abount beam trees at the moment, but I suppose that if you don't understand the flipcode paper, the best way for you should be to use another method for your shadow volume computation, there's a lot of papers talking about various way to do shadows...

good luck



March 26, 2005, 02:18 AM

Thanks! At last, Ill take a look at those. Hey, if i didnt understand that one, does it truly prove the end to all? I mean, i _could_ learn, just everybody else does... unless its unreasonable.

But thanks for those papers, ill read them immidiately (even though its 3:16 AM here =)


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